Ballast Point Mango Even Keel

Reviewed by on August 9, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company

  • Origin: San Diego, CA, US

  • Rated On: August 9, 2016

  • Best Before: canned April 29, 2016

  • ABV: 3.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Session Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Even Keel is Ballast Point’s session (read: pale) ale, and this is the mango-fied, even more summery version of that.

This 12oz can pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some stellar, tightly webbed lace around the glass as it very slowly ebbs away.

It smells of fresh, pungent mango flesh, gritty and grainy pale malt, a bit of lesser domestic orange and white grapefruit additions, subtle earthy yeast, and tame earthy, leafy, and sort of piney green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a still understated yeasty thingamabob, some rather reduced mango and other meek tropical fruitiness, weak copra esters, and more leafy, weedy and somewhat floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is gentle in its plain and sort of subservient frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, nothing really taking the time to mess around here, it would seem.  It finishes well off-dry, the fading mango essence kind of disappointing amongst the still sturdy grainy malt.

Overall, a fairly refreshing and enjoyable summertime tipple, the sort more agreeable, I’m guessing, if were to have another dozen or so to put back right now, for various less than obvious reasons.  Anyways, a good and tasty brew.

Brady White

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